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[audio]Nonaginta et novem - Gene Ward Smith
Nonaginta et novem is Latin for ninety and nine, and indeed there are 99 notes to the octave in the tuning of this piece. which is in the 99 equal temperament (all of which notes it uses.) Instruments employed (by way of TiMidity++) are marimba, celesta, vibraphone and African thumb piano (kalimba.)
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 44
[audio]Threnody for the Victims of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Gene Ward Smith
The tuning is 13-limit JI, or 6079-et if you want to get technical
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 138
[audio]Chromosounds - Gene Ward Smith
In 46 equal temperament. Forty-six is the number of human chromosomes, but more relevantly has many useful properties as a temperament.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 187
[audio]Rough Diamond - Gene Ward Smith
Symphonic con brio using the Partch 13-limit tonality diamond as a scale.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 113
[audio]Ostinato on a difference set - Gene Ward Smith
This is a severely mathematical exercise applying the 13-element perfect difference set to the 13-element 7-limit tonality diamond. The violin riffs on the difference set, and with the clarinet permutes through various interval relationships, including unisons.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 81
[audio]The Paradise of Cantor - Gene Ward Smith
"No one shall expel us from the Paradise that Cantor has created." -- David Hilbert. Composed and sequenced by Gene Ward Smith, October 26, 2006. In 130 equal temperament. Successively in the hemw7a, diaconv6144, diaconv2401, Hemiwuer[25], Harry[58], bihexany, and kirkwood gap scales.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 160
[audio]Choraled - Gene Ward Smith
This string quartet movement keeps trying to turn itself into a nice simple chorale, but keeps being distracted by various confusions and complexities. The chorale has been choraled. The piece is in a 26-note scale in the hemifamity, or 5120/5103 planar, 7-limit temperament. While the vibrato obscures hearing it, it is in the synch tuning, which is a good one for hemifamity.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 126
[audio]Bodacious Breed - Gene Ward Smith
Symphonic music in the 2401/2400-planar ("Breed") temperament, tuned to 441-et
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 75
[audio]Dreyfus - Gene Ward Smith
In the movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again, an insane Inspector Dreyfus escapes and terrorizes the world before accidentally disintegrating himself with his own death ray. As he slowly dissappears, he plays the organ. This is my idea of music appropriate to such a condition; it is in the Octoid[72] scale, 72 notes out of 224-et. To quote from the film, "What is the price of one piano compared to the terrible crime that's been committed here?"
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 124
[audio]Trio in Orwell - Gene Ward Smith
A trio for clarinet, English horn and banjo in the orwell temperament, the 22&31 regular temperament you can read about here: http://xenharmonic.wikispaces.com/Semicomma+family This is partly in the 9 note MOS of orwell, and partly explores farther, some of it becoming chromatic within the ambient tuning of the 53 equal division of the octave.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic
Downloads: 234
[audio]High Oktone Elgar - Gene Ward Smith
This piece is in the eight-note Oktone scale of jove temperament, in the 202et tuning. This means it is the 202 equal tempering of the scale 1-15/14-60/49-5/4-10/7-3/2-12/7-7/4-2, leading to steps 0, 20, 59, 65, 104, 118, 157, 163, 202 of 202edo. It was a response to a proposal by Chris Vaisvil to further vary an Enigma Variations theme by converting it to a xenharmonic piece.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic; variations
Downloads: 58
[audio]Quincunx - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal composition written in a tempered hybrid of pelog and slendro scales.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music
Downloads: 40
[audio]Lou Harrison: The Tuning of the Babylonian Harp
Harrison discusses the recent translation of an ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablet, in which the musical scale used by the Babylonian’s is described. This discovery has pushed back the origin of musical theory by at least 1,500 years. Harrison accompanies his talk with auditory illustrations of ancient scales and other plectrum pleasantries. The musical knowledge developed by the ancient Babylonians was passed on and refined by Pythagorus and Ptolemy and eventually influenced the Western musica...
Keywords: Interview; Microtonal Music; Lou Harrison
Downloads: 1,013
[audio]Night on Porcupine Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky and Gene Ward Smith
Mussorgky's Night on Bald Mountain isn't precisely found below; it has been "porcupinized" to a version in the porcupine temperament, tuned to 22 equal instead of 12 equal. Porcupine is the rank two ("linear") temperament which tempers out the porcupine comma, 250/243, instead of the 81/80 of meantone, and which divides the fourth into three equal parts, which define the generator. This can be tuned to three steps of 22 equal, which is what we've done here.
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic; Mussorgsky
Downloads: 615
[audio]Canto Dulce for 'Cello and Piano - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal composition in 5-limit Just Intonation. Simple melody with accompaniment.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 40
[audio]NE Seven - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal electronica in 7-equal temperament. My very first work in this tuning.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; microtonal electronica
Downloads: 29
[audio]Apollonian Dance - Jon Lyle Smith
Music composed using an ancient Grecian scale with septimal intervals.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 38
[audio]the spectrum of desire - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal electronica in 14-equal temperament. Fraunhofer lines of an incandescent heart...
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; microtonal electronica; xenharmonic music
Downloads: 95
[audio](iNeed) SyNthetikLove - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal electronica in 13-equal temperament. Reagent-grade affection, guaranteed 99.99% purity with no unpleasant side effects...
Keywords: microtonal music; microtonality; xenharmonic music; microtonal electronica
Downloads: 50
[audio]Season of Dreams - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal electronica in a mixed tuning of 12 and 13-equal temperaments.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; microtonal electronica
Downloads: 33
[audio]Pacem - J S Bach and Gene Ward Smith
Three twelve-note Fokker blocks can be constructed from 125/108 and 135/128, which give a scale which can be ordered according to the resulting val, which is
Keywords: microtonal; microtonal music; xenharmonic; Bach; Baroque
Downloads: 108
[audio]For Shaahin_Prelude & Rhythmic Study - Jon Lyle Smith
Music written in a modal Just Intonation that includes neutral thirds. For Shaahin Mohajeri.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 33
[audio]Te Deum Laudamus - Jon Lyle Smith
Four part chorale in an extended septimal tuning of Ptolemy.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 83
[audio]Chromatic Fantasie for Violin & Piano - Jon Lyle Smith
Chamber music written in a 12-tone Pythagorean tuning.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 41
[movies]Made 4 U - Jon Lyle Smith
A video I made based on a clip of the laboratory scene in Fritz Lang's classic sci-fi film, "Metropolis". The soundtrack is my own, written in 13 equal temperament. I do not own the rights to this movie, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Keywords: metropolis; music video; electronic music; microtonal music
Downloads: 50
[movies]Fantastic Planets - Jon Lyle Smith
A music video I made from short clips from several B-grade sci-fi movies (and a couple clips from trailers for some A-grade films too). The video is in memory of the host of a late-night horror/sci-fi show in my hometown in the late1960's.The soundtrack is my own, composed in 13-tone quasi-equal of PHI-71 tuning. I do not own the copyrights to any of these films and no infringement is intended.
Keywords: music video; electronic music; microtonal music; electronica
Downloads: 57
[audio]Pianodactyl - Gene Ward Smith
Pianodactyl is rhythmically complex, with lots of irregular starts and stops, and the name of the piece refers to Rodan. Strangely enough, however, it has nothing whatever to do with math rock. The name refers to Rodan temperament, the 26-note MOS of which is used for the scale. The tuning is 87edo. I was tempted to switch tunings when Jacques Dudon posted his own 26-note tuning for Rodan, but equal temperaments are so convenient when using Scala, and 87 has the amazing property that it's exactl...
Keywords: Microtonal; Xenharmonic; Microtonal music; 87edo; Rodan
Downloads: 209
[audio]Thorium Road - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal electronica in 14-equal temperament. My first use of this tuning.
Keywords: microtonality; microtonal music; microtonal electronica; xenharmonic music
Downloads: 38
[audio]Morning Concert: Interview with Arturo Salinas
In an interview, recorded on June 22, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the Mexican composer Arturo Salinas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electro-acoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. Included in this program is a complete performance of his “Memoire Imarcescible”, an electro-acoustic tap...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; Microtonal Music
Downloads: 44
[audio]9 of 17 - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal work composed in a 9-tone subset of 17-equal temperament.
Keywords: microtonality; 17 equal temperament; electronic music; microtonal music; xenharmonic music
Downloads: 48
[audio]The Hidden Temple of Empathica III - Jon Lyle Smith
Atmospheric electronic music in two subsets of 52-equal temperament: first a 12-tone set and then primarily a hexatonic mode thereof. Re-mixed & re-mastered.
Keywords: microtonality; 52 equal temperament; microtonal music; microtonal electronica; xenharmonic music
Downloads: 46
[audio]Other Minds presents Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas
Nearly forty years after John Cage composed, “Solo for Voice 58”, an indeterminate work consisting of 18 separate parts, it finds its ideal interpreter in Italian-born dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni. The first performer to prepare the full 18 microtonal ragas for a major performance, Cuni executes microtonal melodies in five different languages with stunning ease. On November 2, 2007, Other Minds, presented the American premiere of this iconoclastic interpretation at a concert in Berkeley Califo...
Keywords: Other Minds; Microtonal Music; New Music; John Cage; Amelia Cuni
Downloads: 1,760
[audio]Another Aire, for Lute - Jon Lyle Smith
Chamber music for lute in 19-equal temperament.
Keywords: microtonality; 19 equal temperament; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 211
[audio]Harry Partch: Twelve Intrusions - Harry Partch
Harry Partch discusses receiving notariety using a scale of 43 separate tones and original instruments with references to his "Genesis of a Music." There is a brief introduction to "Twelve Intrusions," this recording which is played by five musicians under Partch's direction. The pieces are: Study in an Ancient Phrygian Scale, Study in the Ancient Greek Enharmonic Scale, The Rose, The Crane, The Wind, The Waterfall, The Letter, The Street, Vanity, Lover, Soldiers/War/Another War, and Chamber Mus...
Keywords: Interview and Music; Microtonal music; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch
Downloads: 2,394
[audio]Harry Partch Memorial
Charles Amirkhanian discusses the music and ideas of Harry Partch on the day after his death. Several examples of his work are played, in addition to brief reminiscences about the man by a number of notable composers and musicians that knew or were influenced by Partch.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Documentary; Microtonal Music; Unconventional Instruments; Harry Partch
Downloads: 276
[audio]Jaunt - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal electronica in 11-equal temperament. Re-mastered.
Keywords: microtonality; electronic music; techno; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; microtonal electronica
Downloads: 58
[audio]Counterpoint in 11edo - Jon Lyle Smith
An example of multi-part counterpoint in 11-equal temperament.
Keywords: microtonality; 11 equal temperament; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 77
[movies]Other Minds Festival 14: Panel Discussion 3 - Other Minds
The third and final concert of OM 14 was held on March 7, 2009. The program began with Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian, moderating a panel discussion with the evening’s featured composers and performers John Schneider, Michael Harrison, Chinary Ung, and Chico Mello. Different tuning systems were discussed with Schneider and Harrison demonstrating two of them while also making the prediction that future composers will be quite comfortable working with a variety ...
Keywords: Other Minds Festival of New Music; OM 14; Lecture; Panel Discussion; Music; New Music; Microtonal Music
Downloads: 170
[audio]Open Evening: The Avant-Garde Celebrates Beethoven
A somewhat irreverent, bicentennial birthday celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven with Charles Amirkhanian, pianist Julian White, and guests. After a rousing start with Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven.” the “Overture to ‘Fidelio’” is heard, followed by a reading by George Cleve on the subject of Beethoven’s life and death. Amirkhanian then plays a number of the Maestro’s lighter works, including his “Trio in G Major” for three flutes, and the “Five Variations on ‘Rule...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Open Evening series; Ludwig van Beethoven; Interview; Music; Microtonal Music
Downloads: 261
[audio]Morning Concert: The Music of Ben Johnston
American composer Benjamin Burwell Johnston was born March 15, 1926 in Macon, GA. Living briefly in Berkeley, CA, in 1950, he was associated with Harry Partch and studied at the University of California and Mills College. From 1951 to 1983 he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this program, recorded in 1981, Johnston is interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian about his career, compositions, and influences...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Microtonal Music; Ben Johnston
Downloads: 205
[audio]under the heatDome - Jon Lyle Smith
Electronica using a 9-tone subset of 26-equal. This was written during the recent heat-wave out here in the Southwest.
Keywords: microtonal music; techno; 26 equal temperament; microtonality; xenharmonic music; microtonal electronica
Downloads: 104
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch Series No. 2
From a program recorded in 1965, Peter Yates plays Harry Partch's "Revelation in the Courthouse Park" a piece of musical theater based on The Bacchae by Euripides.
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Evenings on the Roof; Music; Music Theatre; Microtonal Music; Harry Partch
Downloads: 229
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch Series No. 6
From a program recorded in 1965, Peter Yates introduces Harry Partch's “Oedipus”. This is a classic example of Partch's speech-music form of musical drama and dance. Part eccentric and part genius, Harry Partch was famous for his 43-note microtonal scale, typically played on instruments of his own design. Partch often incorporated dance or theatrics in his compositions, with this work “King Oedipus” being based on both the original play by Sophocles as well as additonal texts by William ...
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Evenings on the Roof; Music; Music Theatre; Microtonal Music; Harry Partch
Downloads: 218
[audio]Aire #2 in 31-equal temperament - Jon Lyle Smith
Microtonal composition composed originally in 19-equal temperament, here in 31-equal temperament.
Keywords: microtonality; 31 equal temperament; electronic music; microtonal music; xenharmonic music; chamber music
Downloads: 3,415
[audio]Evenings on the Roof: Harry Partch Series No. 5
From a program originally recorded in 1965 and first broadcast on KPFA on Sept. 6, 1966, Peter Yates introduces several pieces by the avant-garde, American, composer, Harry Partch. Partch is perhaps best known for his compositions utilizing a 43 note scale and performed on his collection of hand made instruments. Many of his works were also theatrical in nature, calling for dancers or actors as well as musicians...
Keywords: KPFK-FM; Evenings on the Roof; Music; Music Theatre; Microtonal Music; Harry Partch
Downloads: 157
[audio]voxSyNtheticus (ReMix) - Jon Lyle Smith
A longer, re-mixed & re-mastered version of "VoxSyntheticus", microtonal electronica in 13-equal temperament & set against Gregorian chant samples.
Keywords: microtonality; 13 equal temperament; techno; microtonal electronica; microtonal music; xenharmonic music
Downloads: 104
[audio]Two Works by Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Two works by the famed microtonal composer Ivan Wyschnegradsky. The first work, “Meditation sur 2 themes de la ‘Journée de l’Existence’” is scored for cello in ⅓-, ¼- and ⅙-tones with piano. This is followed by “Etude sur la carré magique sonore” a 1956 composition for semitone piano. The performers are Jacques Wiederker, cello , and Martine Joste, piano. Wyschnegradsky was a Russian-born composer who in the early 1920’s designed the first quarter-tone piano...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Microtonal Music; 20th Century Classical; Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Downloads: 183
[movies]Solo for Voice 58: 18 Microtonal Ragas, 2007 - Other Minds
Nearly forty years after John Cage composed, “Solo for Voice 58”, an indeterminate work consisting of 18 separate parts, it finds its ideal interpreter in Italian-born dhrupad singer Amelia Cuni. The first performer to prepare the full 18 microtonal ragas for a major performance, Cuni executes microtonal melodies in five different languages with stunning ease. On November 2, 2007, Other Minds, presented the American premiere of this iconoclastic interpretation at a concert in Berkeley Califo...
Keywords: Other Minds; Music; New Music; Microtonal Music; John Cage; Amelia Cuni
Downloads: 957
[audio]The Music of Lou Harrison
Recorded in August of 1968 this is a wonderful four part program in which American composer Lou Harrison presents a selection of his varied works, in roughly chronological order. The program begins with Harrison providing a brief biographical sketch of his life in which he describes being born in Oregon and how he then moved with his family to Northern California, and his subsequent self-identification as a San Francisco Bay Area composer...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Interview; Microtonal Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Percussion Music
Downloads: 221
[audio]Morning Concert: Ivan Wyschnegradsky: A Memorial Tribute
On September 29, 1979, Ivan Wyschnegradsky died in Paris at the age of 86. Only in the last two years of his life did he become widely recognized in Europe for his contributions to the repertoire. Since the early 1920s he had composed in various microtonal systems in an attempt to expand the possibilities of musical expression. Presented in this program is the first American broadcast of Wyschnegradsky’s early (1916-17) mystical work “La Journee de l’Existence”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Orchestral Classical; Microtonal music; Ivan Wyschnegradsky
Downloads: 274
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